Old Mad Joy

Old Mad Joy

by The GourdsThe Gourds


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The Gourds' tenth studio album finds the Austin-based roots rockers not only changing labels, but relinquishing production duties and recording outside of their native Texas. Released on Vanguard, produced by Larry Campbell, and recorded at The Barn, Levon Helm's timber-framed studio in upstate New York, Old Mad Joy dials up the electrical current, resulting in one of the group's most idiosyncratic releases to date. The Gourds admiration for the Band has never been a secret, and it's great to hear them stretch their Big Pink-informed muscles on tracks like "Drop What I'm Doing" and "Ink and Grief." Kevin Russell, who sounds like he spent the year prior binging on early Curtis Mayfield and Otis Redding, offers up some real gems with the achingly gorgeous "Two Sparrows" and gospel-tinged opener "I Want It So Bad," and Jimmy Smith, ever the missing link between visionary poet and amiable homeless guy, spends the majority of the record blasting out Who-inspired guitar licks over lyrics like "Trumped up non adhesive/fall down jeeze louisin'/Suzi Quatro flankin' tres/Well that's what's down in my palais." As with much of their late-career output, Old Mad Joy begs for a few spins before it reveals its charms, but year after year, the Gourds continue to serve up another collection of songs that feel like delicious, home-cooked meals, and fans continue to clean their plates, no matter how strange some of the side dishes are.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707818827
catalogNumber: 78188
Rank: 120019

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gourds   Primary Artist
Kevin Russell   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,spanish guitar
Larry Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Claude   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Pump Organ,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Max Johnston   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,Vocals
Jimmy Smith   Bass,Vocals,Hand Clapping,cowbell
Joe Priesnitz   Hand Clapping
Steve Dorse   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Kevin Russell   Composer
Larry Campbell   Producer
Justin Guip   Engineer
Max Johnston   Composer
Jimmy Smith   Composer
Carrie Smith   Layout
Denise Prince   Cover Photo
Mark Creaney   Logistics,Equipment Technician

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